Redland Bay home wins prestigious state design prizes

A Redland Bay home has taken out three prizes in a prestigious state-wide design prize. 

The Housing Industry of Australia Queensland Housing Awards winners were announced at a presentation on Friday, 2 November.

The awards, held by Australia’s peak industry body for residential construction, renovation and development, recognise the achievements of the housing industry in design, construction, innovation and housing technology.

The Redland Bay home, designed by Darren James Interiors, took out the top prizes for kitchen of the year, bathroom design and bathroom of the year for their work on the home. 

Owners John and Marie Cairns bought the home in 2015, looking for a house that was spacious and close to nature.

“(When we bought the home), nothing had been changed since it was built (30 years ago),” they said.

“It needed a complete renovation.”

With panoramic views over North Stradbroke Island, Mr and Mrs Cairns said they wanted to capture this natural essence.

Natural materials including timber and marble feature in the ensuite and kitchen and the colours of bushland surrounding the property are incorporated in each room.

A galley-style kitchen flows to indoor and outdoor entertaining areas built for Mr and Mrs Cairns' large family. 

“The extended outdoor area and kitchen overlooking the new pool is luxurious but practical for family celebrations, Christmas and entertaining friends,” they said.

HIA Queensland’s executive director Michael Roberts said the awards showcased the best of what Queensland designers had to offer.

“The awards are a strong statement of the commitment of HIA members and industry professionals in Queensland to deliver quality projects that will stand the test of time,” he said.

“The evidence of this year’s winners shows they have risen to the challenge.”